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Apex Legends leak reveals scrapped buffs for Revenant and Mirage

Published: 28/Jul/2020 18:27

by Calum Patterson

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A data miner has uncovered two buffs for Apex Legends characters Revenant and Mirage that never made it to the game – revealing that Respawn had played around with some very powerful abilities for these Legends.

There are never-ending calls from players to have any number of Legends buffed (or nerfed) in Apex Legends, as players pick their favorites and their most annoying opponents.

And Respawn have not been afraid to seriously shift the balance with major buffs and nerfs across the board. These include downgrades like a 35-second cooldown on Pathfinder’s grapple, to a complete rework for Mirage.

Mirage fist bumping himself in Apex Legends
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Mirage got a total rework in Apex Legends, but his decoys could have been even more powerful!

But, they have clearly shown some caution as well, as leaked files have found abilities and perks that were presumably considered, before being scrapped.

Scrapped Revenant buff

The game files in question were found and shared by reliable data miner Shrugtal. He explains that Revenant’s scrapped buff would have disabled players from healing when he used his ‘Silence’ tactical ability.

Currently, Silence damages nearby enemies and stops the use of abilities for 20 seconds. Preventing healing too would have been incredibly strong.

Revenant scrapped abilities in apex legends

Scrapped Mirage buff

For Mirage, his scrapped perk perhaps would have been even more annoying that Revenant’s. The code simply states  ‘mirage_flashbang_decoys’, which the leaker explains would have flashbanged enemies that shot the decoys.

Apex Legends code for scrapped buff

Shrugtal discusses these scrapped buffs and more in his video:

Obviously, these buffs are not coming to the game anytime soon, but it is an indication of just some of the ideas that the team at Respawn work on before nailing down the final product.

After the success of Mirage’s rework, game director Chad Greiner explained that they were now considering more overhauls, to Legends including Lifeline and Octane.

We may see some of these proposed reworks in the Season 6 update, which is due to start in mid-August. One thing is for sure though, we won’t be seeing Mirage’s decoys causing any more trouble than they already do.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.